Health o cers warn of salmonella risk from frozen chicken products
Most frozen breaded chicken products available for sale in Canada contain raw chicken that can cause salmonella poisoning.
During the past 16 months, there have been hundreds of laboratory-con rmed human illnesses associated with frozen breaded chicken products contaminated with salmonella, and it is believed that for every con rmed case, there are dozens that are unreported.
e Public Health Agency of Canada reminds people that, although they may appear to be cooked, products such as chicken nuggets are raw and need to be handled carefully and well cooked.
Most people who become ill from salmonella recover within a week, but in some cases, it can lead to severe illness, hospitalization, and even death.
e government of Canada is working with the food manufacturing industry and retailers to reduce salmonella in frozen breaded chicken products produced on or after April 1, 2019, to below detectable amounts. However, for up to a year after this date, products containing salmonella will be in the marketplace.
People are reminded to cook frozen breaded chicken products to an internal temperature of at least 74°C (165°F), wash hands before and after handling these products, and wash and sanitize the surfaces, dishes and utensils used to prepare and serve them.